Taoism: The Natural Life

Taoism (actually pronounced Dow-ism) is a philosophical religion (and I use religion here loosely) that began to develop in China around 500 BC. This time marked a period in China’s history known as The Hundred Schools of Thought. Tao literally means “way,” and Taoism is just that: a way or path. But, as we will […]

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Points of Parity and Touchscreen Devices

It was late Monday evening at JFK International Airport when I had an unexpected encounter. As I walked towards the British Airways lounge, I noticed a store advertising the Blackberry Playbook. The mounds of scathing reviews for the device had me wondering – “What is so bad about the Playbook?” Interested, I decided to pop […]

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OMG TECHNOLOGY IZ KILLING ENGRISH!

So I was in my composition theory course, and I commented on how pathetic it was that an author claimed technology and the increasingly globalized economy are killing the “academy” (essentially, education). I said it was a bit of a cop-out, that everyone immediately turns to technology as the destroyer of language. The professor commented […]

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Post-Modernism: An Introduction and Focus on Critical Theory

Post-modern philosophy encompasses a period of time that began in the middle of the 20th century and many say is still progressing.  Post-modernism itself is hard to define and was influenced by a variety of different schools of thought such as Existentialism, Freudian and Lucanian psychology, and Marxist Theory. Today we will be examining the […]

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Continental vs. Analytic

In the 20th century, the field of philosophy was under going some big changes. Science was playing a big role in the world and caused a big change here in America and in England. Other countries were rejecting this scientific view dividing the field of philosophy down the middle. This division amongst philosophers lead to a stylistic change in the way […]

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New Pedagogical Techniques with Classical Topics

I’m constantly conflicted in my pedagogical beliefs and methodologies, primarily because I believe so strongly in technological implementation into the classroom but also believe in a more classical form of education. These practices frequently class with each other: there’s nothing classical about implementing blogging and gaming into a classroom. Yet, on the other hand, as […]

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Welcome to (un)Enlightened Academy!

Hi all! If you were looking for (un)Enlightened English or (un)Enlightened Philosophy, you may have noticed some changes afoot, so I wanted to make a quick news post to explain what is happening to the site. We have merged (un)Enlightened English and (un)Enlightened Philosophy and have added two more categories (Education and Technology) as well. […]

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It’s vs. Its

I suppose I never thought it was necessary to do this post before, but after seeing so many of my students not knowing that “its” actually exists and after seeing how many people look up the difference between the two words, it became clear that this is a necessary post. I can see how these […]

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